Into the Wild
In almost perfectly backward fashion I have finally read the book after seeing the movie which I only did after the song got stuck in my head. No slave to directionality I.
This story, which turned Jon Krakauer from a niche journalist focused on mountaineering and the outdoors into a best-selling author, is now almost thirty years old. It may even be familiar in rough form: a young man, Continue reading
Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It
Richard V. Reeves
You would think, by now, that I’d have learned my lesson . Should I really be surprised when, upon close reading, an author turns out to be engaged in the great game of careerism?
Last July, in writing about a David Brooks column, I mentioned the book pictured nearby, promising to get to Continue reading
Tracks Across Alaska: A Dog Sled Journey
Obsessive is not a word I typically use to describe myself. Mrs. AHC, though, has been known to voice the belief that, despite my demonstrated entropic tendencies, I suffer from OCD.
Settling that disagreement will have to wait, at least until I finish talking about the latest Alaska volume to cross my path. You may recall that venturing to Alaska has been a Continue reading
Sontag & Kael: Opposites Attract Me
If I can avoid it, I’d prefer not to describe myself as confused. Yet there are vast realms of human endeavor that leave me befuddled.
Which brings me to this short, dense love note to two of the 20th Century’s more accomplished writers. When I stumbled across it in a bargain bin my excitement was Continue reading
The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics
My empathic capacity, evidently, is bigger than I thought because in addition to philosophers and historians I’m beginning to feel sorry for liberals.
I’d be less than honest, though, if I didn’t admit thoroughly enjoying this brief, well-reasoned skewering of current leftish pieties. Although it never quite reaches the level of Stalinist/Trotskyite rancor, Lilla’s book is Continue reading
The Math Myth and Other STEM Delusions
Let’s be honest: math can be terrifying. I’m not an engineer because I couldn’t wrap my head around integral calculus.
But I know some things about myself. One is that when it comes to math–the kind they care about on standardized Continue reading
The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis
and How To Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance
Some days, the notion of an open mind seems a relic of an earlier time. Our cultural moment demands certainty and opposing viewpoints just muddy the waters.
What if it’s not a cultural moment, though?
As I read this book I often found myself wondering if educated people– the sort who read books like this– Continue reading